Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Clare is set to starting a new product line. She's also looking for DT members so pop on over and visit http://clarecurdsignaturerange.blogspot.com/ to see what is in store. Her banner is super cute and is a little preview of what is coming.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. My brother, sil, and nephew came over Christmas Eve and the kids all opened presents together in the morning. Much fun was had by all. Here's a cute pic of all the kidlets in their matching pj's Christmas Eve.
DD and I went to see The Nutcracker in San Francisco Friday night. She was really good and just was engrossed in it up till about the last 20-30 minutes when she was a little chatty.
I hope to get some stamping done this week so be sure to come back and visit!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My 4yo has had quite the social life lately and I haven't managed to get pics of all the cards I've made since many of them have been last minute. I did manage to get this one which is not one of my faves but dd loved it a lot :-)
The cardbase is Baja Breeze and the patterned paper comes from my BasicGrey Offbeat 6X6 pad. In hindsight, even though the papers all coordinate, I'm not sure if I like these two patterns together on this card. Then again, it was glued down and we had to get out the door so that's all she wrote!
I stamped my little buckaroo from The Cat's Pajamas Havin' a Pow Wow with Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White and colored him in with Copics.
I highlighted him with a couple Copic Spica glitter pens and cut him out with my new Nesties Labels One. This is mounted on a piece of Tangerine Tango that is also cut out with a Nestie Label and then attached to the card front. The sentiment is from the same TCP set and is stamped with Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Neenah Solar White and punced with my Key Tag Punch. I attached it to a slightly bigger Baja Breeze scrap and rounded the edges then cut one end off. I added a couple Really Rust eyelets and then tied some black hemp through the eyelets and mounted this on the cardfront with dimensionals. Like I said, I like it but don't love it but my 4yo had the biggest smile on her face when she saw it and was happy to give it to her friend.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This card is completely CASED from Beate. I fell in love with her version as soon as I saw it and knew that I had to make one myself. Dh saw me looking at hers when I was putting mine today and was a little surprised that I CASED it. My secret is out--he really thought I came up with all of my ideas on my own :-)
Here's the deets on my version of the card. I used Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, and Kraft for the card. I cut a rectangle out of a piece of acetate with a rectangle Nestability and used that as my mask when I sponged Whisper White craft ink onto the Kraft cardstock. I stamped the row of trees from Lovely as a Tree onto the sponged portion and then removed the mask. I inked up the tree in Kiwi Kiss and then colored the trunk with a Chocolate Chip marker and stamped it over the sponged portion. Then I paper pierced around the rectangle and stamped the sentiment from So Many Sayings in Riding Hood Red. I attached a jumbo Antique Brass eyelet to the card over a punched Riding Hood Red circle and then tied some Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon through the eyelet. The Kraft piece is mounted to the card on dimensionals.
I must say, this is my absolute favorite Christmas card that I made this year. Even though it wasn't my original idea, it blows me away that I made a card that looks like this :-)
Thanks for visiting! Come back soon because I'll have more to share with you!
Monday, December 22, 2008
This card started out when I saw LSC197 over at SCS. After I finished it, I realized that I didn't follow the challenge rules completely since my sentiment is more than one word. Oh well, at least I stamped!
The card base is Regal Rose and I'm sad to say that I used up the last of my Regal Rose making these. Regal Rose is my favorite of the pinks that SU has available and I don't like being without it. Now, if I still were a demo, I'd have put a few things together and just went and ordered it but not that I'm not a demo any longer, I'm really thinking about my SU purchases and I've decided to wait until the new catty comes out before placing an order. Then again, I may just *need* some Regal Rose cardstock and will have to give my friendly demo a call :-) I randomly stamped the snowflakes from Snow Burst on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White with the Cotton Candy Spectrum pad. The sentiment is from Heard from the Heart and is stamped with Rose Red. The snowflakes are highlighted with Cotton Candy Stickles and White Opal Liquid Pearls. I tied some wide Rose Grosgrain around this piece and then mounted it to the card front. . .but then I looked at it and it seemed to be missing a little something so I pulled it off and added the thin Basic Black mat for a little pop. Tah Dah!!! All done. Another Christmas card that makes me smile even if dh isn't really into a non-traditional card like this one.
Thanks for visiting. Check back tomorrow for my last Christmas card.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
The first couple years, I made all of my cards the same and did it assembly style. I got really tired of making the same card over and over again so 3 years ago, I had one design but did it in 3 different color combos. I did the same thing last year as well. This year, I changed it up a little more and just made 3 different designs for my cards.
I really like how this one turned out. I love these birds and only used them on one card last year so I was glad that they got inked up this year. I made 20 of these so it was a fair bit of coloring that I did but it didn't have to be "perfect" and time consuming since I was going for a more watercolored type feel on this one.
Thanks for visiting and check back since I've got 2 more Christmas designs to share in the next couple of days.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I'm getting back into it. My 4 yo has been invited to several birthday parties and making the birthday cards is getting me back into the swing of things. I didn't get a good pic of the one from last weekend and while I'm not thrilled with these pics, I decided to share with you all anyway so you don't think I've vanished.
Today's card is for one of her classmates who celebrated his 5th birthday at Chuck E Cheese's. Man, it was crazy there today but all the kids seemed to enjoy themselves and dd and my 6 yo have decided they want their next party at Chuck E Cheese's--we'll see :-)
Here's the deets! The card base is River Rock which is a retired SU In Color. I had it put to the side since I'm deciding if I want to sell off my retired In Colors right now or not but had to use it since it goes so great with the BasicGrey Archaic paper which is a perfect match for the SU Prehistoric Pals set. I rounded the corners of the patterned paper and the cardbase with the SU small corner rounded. The dino is inked up in Versamagic Sahara Sand and then I went around him a little with Versamagic Gingerbread for a little more depth. He's stamped on Very Vanilla and cut and embossed with a circle Nestability and mounted on a Close to Cocoa circle. I lightly sponged some Memento New Sprout and Summer Sky over him and then mounted the whole piece to the front of the card on dimensionals. The sentiment uses the same cardstocks and is from PTI's Mixed Messages which is stamped with Brilliance Coffee Bean and then lightly sponged with Memento New Sprout. I added a few dew drops and tied some Taupe Grosgrain ribbon on the side.
Since I've been seeing how people are also doing the inside of the cards, I decided I'd have to give it a try as well. I added some Very Vanilla cardstock with another strip of the BasicGrey Archaic paper to the inside. The dino is stamped with Memento Desert Sand. I actually think it turned out cute and plan to do this more often since it really doesn't take much more time to do it.
Thanks for visiting! I think I'm going to go play a little more tonight since dh decided to go to the gym and play basketball for most of the day and is now paying for it "resting" on the couch. I think he's realizing his body can't do the same things he was able to have it do when he was younger without having to give it some recovery time.
Monday, November 24, 2008
My blogging buddy, Marie, just tagged me. This is actually a pretty fun tag. In this tag, you post the 4th picture in the 4th folder of your picture files and then tag 4 others. Since I haven't been stamping much, I can do this one :-) Last month, we went to see the Blue Angels when they were in San Francisco for Fleet Week. Here's a pic of the kids eating their lunch in the back of the car while we're waiting on the planes.
How is everyone? This weekend, we took the kids and my nephew out to the beach for a photo shoot. My SIL and I want to give my parents a nice pic of the grandkids for Christmas. The photographer got some great shots and if you want to see the sneak peek, you can check out her blog here: Angela Chandler. If you're in the Bay Area and looking for a reasonably priced good photographer, check her out!
So, for this one, I'm going to tag the following peeps:
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Tuesday, November 4, 2008
If you haven't already done so, please go out and vote! Every vote counts so make sure that your voice is heard. As a woman of color, the right to vote is extremely important to me. Voting is a privilege that many people in this world don't have the right to take part in. Do your part--get out and vote!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Right now, I'm in the final days of my SU demoship. I've been in pending and I just don't have enough that I want to buy from SU to get myself out of pending, nor do I have a couple hundred dollars to spend on SU stuff that I don't absolutely love when there's a world of other stamping goodies out there. I posted a goodbye at the demo threads at SCS and took myself off the demo groups--it's weird to go to the SCS forums and not see the demo threads. I'll survive though.
Until then, I want to thank those of you who are still following along. I will be back as soon as I can squeeze out a few precious moments in my stamping area.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
However, I am working with one of my teachers to do some art on a grander scheme. We have the opportunity to work with an organization to create a large wall mural with a group of students. This whole project is fully funded and an artist will work with some of our students for 16 weeks in all aspects of the design and creation of the project. This is all happening rather quickly since they had a school they were set to work with fall through. Now, I'm scrambling to put everything together and get board approval for this project.
I think this is going to be an amazing experience for a group of kids here at my school!!!!! This is set to be a service learning project which will take what they're doing in the classroom and enhance it while giving them the opportunity to create a work of art that will enhance the community. Can you imagine the chance to do something like this at the age of 8? What an incredible way to boost achievement--they'll learn a subject, do artwork that is linked to the curricular unit they are studying, design a mosaic, and then finally create the mosaic which will be here for years to come!!!!!!!
I am beyond excited about this opportunity and hope that I can dot all my i's and cross all of my t's correctly so that this project can be approved.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I'm still waiting for things to slow down and it's just not happening. I generally do my stamping late at night when the kids are asleep or settling down but I'm beat most nights and falling asleep early. I know it will balance itself out eventually. At least I love my job and the kids are doing well.
Here's a card I made for a friend of Miles from camp. He recently went to her birthday party and I whipped this out pretty quickly.
The cardbase is PTI Stamper's Select White and the patterned paper is from BasicGrey's Eva Collection. It made this card come together quickly!!!!! I spotted some Elzybells at my LSS recently and finally got them. They're cute and I've wanted them for awhile and when I saw them in person, I couldn't resist much longer. So, Princess is stamped on Neenah Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored in with Copics. I glittered her up with a Quickie Glue pen and Doodlebug Sugar Coating Glitter--I got the assortment pack and these little jars hold a lot of glitter! She's punched out with my key tag punch and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The ribbon is PTI's Double Stitched Sweet Blush which is such a great color! Finally, I stamped the sentiment for SU's Upsy Daisy with Brilliance Moonlight White on the dp. It showed up better in rl and I just couldn't get it to show up any better in the pic. Eazy peazy lemon squeezey!
Thanks for visiting and bearing with me during my stamping drought :-) I'm thinking it's time to change my blog since summer is over but may hold out a few more weeks since we generally have our nice weather right now.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Life has been hectic lately. I love the new job--my staff is awesome!!! I'm really blessed to have such high quality teachers on staff. They are so hard working and work together really well. It's amazing to walk around and pop into the classes and see just how much learning is going on. The kids are really engaged in their work and it's just such a great feeling. I can honestly and truly say that I feel comfortable with my own kids here and I would have no problem with them being in any classroom on campus.
It's convenient having the boys here and we all often carpool together with dh dropping us off or me taking him to BART and keeping the car here. Of course, even going together, we're generally not leaving work early so it's between 6:30 and 7 when we finally make it home. Add in checking to see that homework is done and dinner, baths, walking the dogs, etc and that just doesn't leave a whole lot of time for much stamping in the evenings and I'm really having WITHDRAWALS!!!! I say I'm going to stamp every night but when things wind down, I'm tired. Maybe tonight will be a little different.
On to other things. My blogging buddy, Colleen, tagged me and I love these so I'm definitely going to participate. Here are the rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
Here's my randomness
1. Like Colleen, my 2 front teeth are fake :-) I went face forward down a flight of stairs on Christmas day when I was 8 and broke the two front teeth. I had them capped and as an adult, my uncle who is a dentist redid them and I have porcelein veneers on them now.
2. I love to travel which is fortunate since dh does as well. Before the youngest kidlets were born, dh and I took off a lot for quick trips. We still try to get away as much as possible but since airfare is pricey for a family of 5, we do a lot of car trips.
3. I never thought I'd work in public education as long as I have, especially with little kids. When I first got into teaching, I only wanted to teach high school and I was only going to do it for 3-5 years and then go back and get my doctorate and become a college professor. Ironic that I'm an elementary principal given what I originally started out thinking I'd do.
4. I don't like geese. When I was little, we went fishing and as I was walking by the water, a bunch of geese attacked me. I remember standing there crying and my mom running and getting me away from them.
5. I love warm weather. My ideal place to live would be somewhere that was 65-85 year round. I don't ever want to live somewhere that has 4 seasons! I don't need snow and extreme cold or extreme heat either!
6. People often think I speak Spanish but I don't.
7. I switch back and forth between glasses and contacts. I want to look into getting LASIK soon.
Now I'm going to tag
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
I did get all of my paper, ink, ribbons, punches, and acrylic blocks put away as well as the stamps (which need to be organized and cataloged at some point). I just gotta go through the remainder of the scraps and stuff (random embellishments, dimensionals sheets that that have to be put away, left over dew drops that I find in random places, etc) and then I can create.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Here are a couple more cards for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. I'm so far behind but hope to get some more stamping done today and tomorrow to catch up.
The first card is a combo of Jenn and Sharon's challenges. I love this card! It does look much better in real life than the picture shows. The card base is Green Galore and I added a piece of Basic Black that I ran through my Cuttlebug with the Floral Fantasy Folder to it on top of dimensionals. I went over the CB'ed piece with Brilliance Moonlight White to highlight the flowers and embossing. I stamped the words from Wonderful Favorites on a piece of Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black and Green Galore and then punched the corners with a ticket corner punch and layered it on Gable Green. I added some Ice Circle brads to the corners and then mounted this piece on dimensionals on top of Green Galore. This is also on top of dimensionals on the card. I thought about using some ribbon but decided it didn't need any more embellishing. I love it when it turns out better than what I had in my head!
The second card is also another combined challenge. I used Lauren and Holly's Challenges for this one. I started out by looking through my BasicGrey 6X6 packs to find a piece of dp to use and settled on this piece from the Sugared Collection. I rounded 2 corners and sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel and added it to a Pink Pirouette cardbase that is also sponged with Creamy Caramel. The flowers from PTI's Floral Frenzy are stamped in Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, and Creamy Caramel on Curious Iridescent Cryogen White and then cut and embossed with a Petite Oval Nestie. I sponged around the edge with a little more Pink Pirouette and put it on a Regal Rose cut and embossed scalloped oval which is sponged with Creamy Caramel. I placed this on top of the dp and then stamped the hello circle on a Cryogen White scrap with Versamagic Gingerbread--I couldn't get the Creamy Caramel to stamp without being blotchy but since the stamps are brand new and I had to ink them up without doing the eraser treatment to them, I'm not complaining. I cut this out with a circle Nestie and then put it on top of another Regal Rose circle and Creamy Caramel scalloped circle and added it to the card with dimensionals. I finished it off with 3 pale pink dew drops and voila--all done!
Thanks for visiting and I'm off to try to get some more challenges done!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This first card was for Jody's Challenge. Can you believe I did a completely Stampin Up card? and there's no coloring involved on this one! This one was fun to do and brought me back to my original falling in love with stamping days. I combined some of the new In Colors with retiring River Rock. The card base is Kiwi Kiss and I also used Baja Breeze as well as the River Rock and Very Vanilla. I used inks in the same colors as well as Riding Hood Red (which I want to call Red Riding Hood Red). The stamps used are from Enjoy Every Moment as well as the coordinating Daisy Dash Jumbo wheel. Everything is up on dimensionals and the rest if pretty self explanatory. I do like these colors together and love how the red really makes it pop!
Card #2 is a combined challenge card and really was a challenge for me. This one combines JulieHRR and Michelle's challenges. One layer and masculine cards are difficult for me. I used Verve Stamps Seeing Stars for this card. The card and envelope are PTI's Stampers Select White. Inks used are Memento Tangelo, Danube Blue, and Bahama Blue (for lightly sponging the rectangle) as well as Versafine Onyx Black. I drew the square around the sentiment after stamping everything with the help of my Tim Holtz Design Ruler and then drew the little dots and dashes inside with the ruler as well--I'm not even really going to try my hand at doodling since I'm not artistic! I shaded around the left side and bottom of the square with a Cool Grey Copic marker and then lightly sponged the Bahama Blue ink around the square as well. I was trying to give it a little dimension since it was kind of flat. I had a really hard time not sponging and inking this up some more. So, I like it but don't *love* it since it's so different for me.
Card #3 was also a challenge for me and was Christine's challenge. I have not watercolored in forever!!!!!! I think that since I've discovered Copics, I don't look at any other coloring medium. I'm definitely out of practice with my watercoloring and actually tossed the first one I did. The card base is Baja Breeze which is the one In Color I didn't think I was going to be thrilled with but absolutely love! The patterned paper is from an SEI pack that I got that I can't remember the name of right now. I stamped Bettina Buttercream from Stampin Bella on watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black and colored her in with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Pearlescent Watercolors. I also added a little more shimmer with some Copic Spica Glitter pens and went over the little cherries with Ranger's Glossy Accents. This is cut and embossed with Rectangle Nesties and mounted on a Chocolate Chip scrap that was also cut and embossed with Nesties. This piece is is mounted with dimensionals on top of the dp which has a scalloped piece of Barely Banana under it. The ribbon is from SU's retired Flirty Ribbon Originals. The sentiment is from SU's So Many Sayings and is stamped in Versamark and embossed with Detail White EP. I finished it off with dew drops in the top right and bottom left and tah-dah! All done.
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Monday, July 21, 2008
I had a chance to get one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at SCS done earlier today and hope to get the other one done this evening.
This was Laurie's challenge to use vellum on your card. I don't use vellum very often but love the effect of it when I do use it. I used Papertrey Ink Lemon Tart for the cardbase and layered on some Summer Sunrise. The sunflowers are from SU's Serene Sunflowers which is retiring--I absolutely love sunflowers and had to get this set but I'm not great at some of these 2-step stamping sets so I haven't used it very much. I stamped the sunflowers, centers, and leaves with the following Memento inks: Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Potter's Clay, and New Sprout on Whisper White. I used my ticket corner punch on this layer and the Summer Sunrise layer and then attached SU's Vellum Cardstock over it with black Vintage Brads. I stamped the sentiment from SU's Heard from the Heart (available August 11th) with Brilliance Starlight Black on the vellum and tah-dah! All done! I like having the vellum over the sunflower layer to soften it up. This is a fairly simple card but it was hard for me because of the 2 step stamping. It seriously gives me a hard time. I remember following all the thread at SCS about how you couldn't mess up Terrific Tulips and Roses in Winter and just laugh because I can't make nice things with them. This is also one of the first cards I've made in awhile that hasn't used my Copics! Gasp! It is possible, huh?
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Sunday, July 20, 2008
I started this card last Tuesday and didn't get to sit down and make it in one sitting, start to finish. In some ways, that really bothers me because I love to get in a groove and create but in some ways, it's not so bad because it gives me time to step back and think about what I'm doing.
I started this card for last Tuesday's Color Challenge at SCS--Almost Amethyst, Wild Wasabi, and So Saffron. Now, other than the Wasabi, these are not colors I'd pick to use on a card but I decided that they didn't call it a challenge for no reason.
My card base is Wild Wasabi Textured Cardstock. I added a piece of Almost Amethyst that I scalloped with the new SU Scallop Border punch and some BasicGrey Euphoria paper to this. I tied a piece of Double Stitched Wasabi ribbon to the front and applied the sentiment from the SAB rubon set to the card. I stamped Fifi from Stampin Bella on Neenah Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with Copics. This is cut out with rectangle Nestabilities and matted on Almost Amethyst and So Saffron which are also cut out with Nestabilities.
I love this card and love this image!!!!! This is one of my first Bella purchases and it's soooooooooooo cute!!! My dd also loves this card and is claiming it for herself :-)
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I stamped the cupcakes from Hero Arts Clear Design Cupcakes on Neenah Solar White with Memento London Fog and colored them in with Copics. I cut them out and highlighted them with Fruit Punch, Cinnamon, and Crystal Stickles as well as Ranger's Glossy Accents. The sentiment is stamped with Red Riding Hood Red on Neenah Solar White and then attached to the card front with dimensionals. The cupcakes were also attached with dimensionals. It seemed to be missing a little something so I added 3 dew drops to the top left of the focal piece and that definitely helped.
Fun, fun challenge and I probably have not glittered up one of my cards this much in some time!
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Thursday, July 17, 2008
You gotta go check this out. Marie at From Combat Boots to Rubber Stamps is giving away a Lavender Vanilaa Scrapbook Kit from Go.Be Creative and I want to win it. All I had to do was post THIS link to Go. Be Creative here and I'm in the drawing for the kit. Check out GBC if you have a minute :-)
and make sure you browse all of Marie's wonderful creations. Her stuff rocks!
Thanks for visiting!
The card base is textured Wild Wasabi and the patterned paper is from the Hostess Prints Pack. I'm going to miss the In Colors from this past year but have a feeling that it will only be fleeting because the new In Colors ROCK!!!! Other colors used are Blue Bayou and Neenah Solar White.
I stamped the rocket from Pink Paislee's Vintage Pop on Neenah Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with the following Copics: BG000, BG10, BG72, BG75, YG11, YG17, and G21. I went over the eyes and smile with a Black Copic Spica Glitter pen for a hint of sparkle--boys like things that sparkle, too, right? The rocket is cut out with an oval nestie and mounted on a Blue Bayou piece that is also cut out with an oval nestie. I placed this piece on dimensionals and mounted it a little askew so it looked like it was blasting off. The sentiment is from PTI's Pond Life Sentiments and is stamped with Blue Bayou on Neenah Solar White. I used my small corner rounder to round one side and a small square punch to clip out the other end. I got this idea from Natasha's blog. This is also mounted on dimensionals. Finally, I cut a little slit in the fold of the card and tied some Striped Wasabi Grosgrain through it. This was a fun card to make and I really, really love my Pink Paislee Vintage Pop set. I can't believe I've made 4 different cards with this set. I'm infamous for getting a set, using it once, and then moving on. My goal is to try to use everything I have for more than one card from now on.
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